previous next

They were built in ‘61 and ‘62, and captured in the “Bermuda” and “Princess Royal” ; and Major Wise thinks they are quite as likely to be as good as Blakely's present guns, which we are buying at such high rates. If you doubt about buying a pig in a poke, very likely you may have time to send on and examine them. I have no idea the War Ordnance Department will bestir themselves to build guns, and I think Massachusetts has got to take the risk of doing it. I hear Ericsson is building a gun at Bridgewater; and Wise says, that is the place for you to build on the steel rings. I saw Mr. Stanton on my arrival, and found he has already complied with your wish to send the Fifty-fifth to Newbern.

The next day, Mr. Forbes wrote to the Governor, that Captain Wise had forwarded to him a full description of the guns; also, the price, which the appraisers of them had fixed. The price was very low, and Mr. Forbes regarded them—

The six cheapest guns in the world. They seemed to have been appraised on the same principle as you would appraise an elephant,— very cheap to any one who wants them; and the Navy naturally hate to have any thing making odd sizes of their shot. Captain Wise says he has received no answer to a letter offering you any quantity of eleven-inch guns at cost. I suggest answering him with thanks, and keeping the offer open until you can ascertain whether the cost of spindle of guns, the right weight, will be as much as that of the gulls.

Mr. Forbes then gives, at considerable length, an interesting account of the different kinds of heavy ordnance in America and in England, and of the experiments made for their improvement; one experiment alone having cost the English Government seven millions pounds sterling. He considered the Dahlgren and Rodman patents both good, and reliable for most purposes. ‘But in these times,’ he said, ‘without undervaluing them, I would prove all things, and hold fast to that which is good.’ Mr. Forbes concludes his letter by saying,—

Nothing from Colonel Lowell's cavalry since yesterday morning, when they started for another reconnoissance. A week ago, the crows looked wistfully at their horses, as if they had a right to them; and, when they return from this week's service, I fancy it will only be the hides and bones left to pick. They are called better than the average! I am glad to say, Major Crowninshield's battalion has been

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Wise (4)
John M. Forbes (4)
Edwin M. Stanton (1)
Charles R. Lowell (1)
Ericsson (1)
Francis B. Crowninshield (1)
Blakely (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: